Teemu Kivihalme
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Teemu Kivihalme

Hometown:

Savage Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1995-06-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

5th round (140th overall), 2013

Weight:

150 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Teemu Kivihalme was one of the few ninth-graders to ever participate in the Upper Midwest Elite League, skating in five games for Team North in the fall, and played in 27 games for Burnsville High School in Minnesota. He scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 12 penalty minutes. Coached by Kivihalme's father Janne, an All-American Division III defenseman at Wisconsin-Superior in the 1990's, Burnsville reached the Section 2 AA final, falling to Edina, 3-2. A dual citizen of Finland and the USA, Kivihalme returned to his father's native country to participate in the Finnish U17 camp in the summer.

2011-12: Kivihalme played in two games for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest Elite League in the fall and led all Burnsville defensemen with 31 points in 28 games as a sophomore. He scored 9 goals with 22 assists and had 25 penalty minutes. The Blaze again reached the Section 2AA Final, falling 6-3 to Edina. Kivihalme attended USA Hockey's Select 17 Development Camp and in August committed to playing hockey at Colorado College in 2014-15.

2012-13: Kivihalme represented the USA at the 2012 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Burnsville for his junior year and made his USHL debut with Fargo. He had 1 assist and was +1 in four games with the Force. Kivihalme was -2 with no points playing in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. H e scored 9 goals with 22 assists and had 24 penalty minutes in 28 games for Burnsville. The Blaze and Edina met in the Section 2AA Final for the third straight season, with Edina winning, 3-2. Kivahalme was ranked 64th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Kivihalme is a high-octane offensive oriented defenseman. He was a high school standout for Burnsville high before matriculating at Colorado College. He is undersized at 5’11 by NHL standards but he is a silky smooth skater with a great European style puck possession game. He has a good first pass, good vision, and sees the ice incredibly well. His biggest setback is his size and strength, which he will have to improve.

 

Future

Kivihalme has opted to go the college route, which is an intelligent move given his game and need for physical maturity and increased strength. He can focus for the next four or three years at Colorado College at getting bigger and stronger before trying to jump into the competitive Nashville defensive depth chart.

 

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